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On May 2, 1981, the California State Railroad Museum opened to the public, as did the Museum Library. The library has been an integral component of CSRM since the project's inception. It was clear to the founders of the Museum that a thoughtfully assembled collection of published, manuscript, and pictorial materials would not only enhance the museum's services but also support its conservation and education programs. With this goal in mind, as railroad equipment and artifacts were gathered for study and exhibit, collections staff also acquired documentary materials to form the nucleus of the California State Railroad Museum Library.

The focus of the Library collection is the history of railroads and railroading in California and the adjacent states from the 1850s to the present. Collections also cover selected railroad topics throughout North America, including Canada, Mexico, and Central America. Emphasis is on acquiring materials relating to the social, economic, political, cultural, technological and environmental impacts that the industry has had, and continues to have, on the region.

The collection has been assembled primarily through donations from individual and corporate benefactors. Gifts range in size from a single menu to hundreds of cartons. The 1982 deposit of the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society research collection expanded the Library's resources. The state and the non-profit California State Railroad Museum Foundation provide for the purchase of selected additions through an opportunity acquisition program.

Reference sources include a wide range of books, periodicals, railroad association and union publications, ephemera, government documents, and trade catalogues. The Library also collects manuscript materials and corporate records, photographs, maps and engineering drawings. See Library Collections for more detailed information about the Museum's documentary collections.

Contact Information:

California State Railroad Museum Library
111 I Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Telephone: (916) 323-8073
Fax: (916) 327-5655
Email: Library.CSRM@parks.ca.gov

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Description : Amateur footage from the Hugh G. Martin Collection Call Number : WSF 200/31 Source : 1 Reel of 1: Film: 8mm Collection : Railroad Film Collection Rights : Copyright status unknown. This work may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, its reproduction may be restricted by terms of gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. This work is accessible for purposes of education and research....
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Description : Documentary footage of the recovery of Southern Pacific SD-9 diesel locomotive No. 4310, one of four locomotives marooned at Eureka following the Island Mountain Tunnel fire. The footage documents the 1979 movement of the detrucked diesel by Bigge Drayage from Alderpoint to Dos Rios, where it was put back onto NWP/SP rails. This is a bit of odd California railroad history, more recent history at that. The Island Mountain tunnel was the longest tunnel on the Northwestern Pacific...
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Description : A trip on the "California Zephyr" between Salt Lake City and San Francisco, the "Feather River Route." Narrator describes scenery as he writes a letter to his fiancee. Includes scenes of Portola, Sacramento, Oakland, San Francisco, East Bay and Marin County. Source : 1 Reel of 1: Film: 16mm (Kodachrome print) Collection : Railroad Film Collection Filing Location : WSF 800/17 Title on container : Go West to San Francisco Rights : Rights are owned by Union...
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Description : Amateur footage of Southern Pacific passenger trains, "Coast Daylight," Southern Pacific ferry between San Francisco and Oakland. Source : 1 Reel of 1: Film: 8mm (Kodachrome camera original) Collection : Railroad Film Collection Filing Location : WSF 200/34 Rights : Copyright status unknown. This work may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, its reproduction may be restricted by terms of gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions,...
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Description : Amateur footage filmed by Buell L. Edison, includes day and night scenes, freight and passenger trains, dieasel and steam locomotives, and Southern Pacific yards. Call Number : WSF 200/30 Source : 1 Reel of 1: Film: 8mm Collection : Railroad Film Collection Rights : Copyright status unknown. This work may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, its reproduction may be restricted by terms of gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy...
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Description : War efforts of the AT&SF during World War II. Features both steam and diesel operations including the transport of military equipment and personnel, freight service, and women railroad workers. Source : 1 Reel of 1: Film: 16mm (Kodachrome print) Collection : Railroad Film Collection Filing Location : WSF 800/5 Rights : Copyright status unknown. This work may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, its reproduction may be restricted by terms of...
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Central Pacific Railroad 4-6-0 steam locomotive second No. 177 on the turntable at the Sacramento Shops. This locomotive was built at the Sacramento Shops and placed into service August 7, 1886. It was renumbered 1764 in 1891 and 2193 in 1901, and scrapped November 20, 1916.
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Description : Snowfighting in the Sierra Nevada with action footage of snow removal equipment and cab-forward locomotives. Filmed during the winter of 1951-1952, one of the heaviest recorded snowfall seasons. Source : 1 Reel of 1: Film: 16mm (Kodachrome print) Collection : Railroad Film Collection Filing Location : WSF 800/15 Rights : Rights are owned by Union Pacific Railroad Museum. Copyright Holder has given Institution permission to provide access to the digitized work online. Transmission...
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Call Number : WSF 800/11 Source : 1 Reel of 1: Film: 16mm Collection : Railroad Film Collection Rights : Copyright status unknown. This work may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, its reproduction may be restricted by terms of gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. This work is accessible for purposes of education and research. Transmission or reproduction of works protected by copyright...
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Call Number : WSF 1200/2 Source : 1 Reel of 1: Film: 16mm Collection : Railroad Film Collection Rights : Copyright status unknown. This work may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, its reproduction may be restricted by terms of gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. This work is accessible for purposes of education and research. Transmission or reproduction of works protected by copyright...
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Description : Black and white amateur documentary footage of Western Pacific steam locomotives and trains (1937); color footage of Western Pacific freight trains and the "California Zephyr" (1957). From the Hugh G. Martin collection. Western Pacific was one of the more major railroads operating in California, and the "California Zephyr" one of its most well-known trains. Source : 1 Reel of 1: Film: 8mm Call Number : WSF 200/25 Rights : Copyright status unknown. This work may...
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Description : This film shows Southern Pacific's efforts to keep Donner Summit open during the winter of 1951-1952. During that same winter the streamlined transcontinental passenger train City of San Francisco was stuck in a snowslide with passengers trapped aboard from January 13 to 16, 1952. Source : 1 Reel of 1: Film: 16mm Call Number : WSF 1600/5 Rights : Copyright status unknown. This work may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, its reproduction may be...
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Exterior view of PFE refrigerator car No. 744 (built 1906-1907 by American Car and Foundry), Class R 30 1, part of PFE's first lot of refrigerator cars. This wood-sheathed, ice-cooled car was used in express passenger service. Shippers paid a premium to assure fast delivery on a regularly scheduled passenger train.
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Central Pacific Railroad steam locomotive second No. 19 on turntable in front of Sacarmento roundhouse, with crew. This locomotive was built in the Sacramento Shops and placed into service August 27, 1884. It was designed by Andrew J. Stevens and served as a prototype design for subsequent production. Rebuilt in the 1890s, it was finally scrapped in February 1923 in Oregon.
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Description : "On September 21, 1931, less than two months before the Sugar Pine Lumber Company shut down its big mill for the last time, a huge order was unexpectedly received from an eastern distributor. The $140,000 sale came at a time when business generally was suffering in the wake of the stock market crash of October, 1929, and SPL officials did their best to publicize their good fortune. As the 108-car train, the largest single trainload of sugar pine lumber ever shipped from...
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Lettering and numbering details for Southern Pacific steam locomotive No. 1 "C. P. Huntington." This drawing was executed by David L. Joslyn on December 23, 1936. The "C.P. Huntington" is on display at the California State Railroad Museum.
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Description : This is a reprint of a training film made by Pacific Electric Railway in 1914. This company, which billed itself as the "largest electric railway in the world"; for a time, operated the famous "Red Cars" in the Los Angeles area. This film captures a bit of the intersection of the young silent film industry in Hollywood along with the rail industry since it was created at a time when, for example, Charlie Chaplin and Cecil B. DeMille were early in their careers....
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Description : This is brief footage (50 ft. reel) of likely amateur footage, but it includes scenes of construction of the Oroville Dam. Source : 1 Reel of 1: Film: 8mm Call Number : WSF 50/104 Rights : Copyright status unknown. This work may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, its reproduction may be restricted by terms of gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. This work is accessible for...
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Female employees of the Southern Pacific Railroad Sacramento Shops ride a float on July 4, 1918, in support of World War I soldiers.
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Southern Pacific Company joint employee timetable No. 4 for the Benicia Division, Cleark Lake Division and Mendocino Branch. Effective September 5, 1888. Passenger train schedules for between San Francisco and Sacramento, Elmira and Rumsey, and Willlows and Fruto. The back of this timetable (not scanned) includes Rules and Regulations for Employes.
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Side elevation of Southern Pacific steam locomotive No. 1 "C. P. Huntington." The drawing was first prepared November 11, 1936 by David L. Joslyn. This example is the second revision dated April 30, 1951. The "C. P. Huntington" is on display at the California State Railroad Museum.
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Southern Pacific Railroad steam locomotive No. 1 "C. P. Huntington" on its way to San Francisco for display at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition (February 20 - December 4, 1915) in San Francisco. The locomotive is secured to SP flat car No. 40971 (Class F-50-4) on board car float No. 1.
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Print is dated in ink, June 13, 1928. Mount is stamped "Hagginwood Studio."
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This map shows the route of the Central Pacific and Union Pacific Railroads from the Midwest to the Pacific Coast.
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Central Pacific Railroad steam locomotive 4-6-0 No. 1555 was outshopped in May of 1875 by the Schnectady Locomotive Works (construction number 982) and numbered CP No. 190. In 1891 it was renumbered 1555. In 1899 the locomotive was rebuilt and renumbered 1068. The locomotive was sold to Union Rock Company October 20, 1927. Here the crew poses with the locomotive, tender and a wood caboose. The caboose is one of a large group built by the Central Pacific Shops in the late 1870s using...
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Public timetable "corrected to November 30, 1926" for the Sacramento Valley's premier electric line, the Sacramento Northern Railway.
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Costumed participants in the celebration to mark the dedication of the Southern Pacific Railroad passenger station, February 27, 1926.
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Three Southern Pacific steam locomotives posed in front of the roundhouse at the Sacramento Shops. These three 4-4-0 steam locomotives, Nos. 219, 220, and 221, were built at the Sacramento Shops. This image may date close to September 1887 when they were completed.
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Front and back covers of a Southern Pacific promotional pamphlet subtitled "The charm of 'The Land of Sunshine' by summit, sea & shore." 50,000 copies of SP publication A 191 were issued October 17, 1911. This 128-page booklet reviews the state's major cities, historic sites and natural wonders.
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Thomas Hill's large oil painting (157-1/4 x 85-1/4 in.) of "The Driving of the Last Spike" is on display at the California State Railroad Museum. It is an imagined recreation of the ceremony held May 10, 1869 at Promontory Point, Utah, to celebrate the completion of the transcontinental railroad, when the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railroad tracks were joined. Hill began the painting in 1877 at the request of Leland Stanford, who later refused to pay for the commission.
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A compilation of Southern Pacific Railroad recipes created by SP chefs and served on board SP's passenger trains offering dining car service.
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Central Pacific steam locomotive No. 237 on turntable at the Sacramento Shops. No. 237 "El Gobernador" was built in Sacramento, completed in February 1883 and placed into service March of 1884. The locomotive was dismantled July 15, 1894. View is looking east. The northwest corner of the Car Shop is visible at rear right. The north wall of the Machine Shop is to right. The Roundhouse is at left.
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Central Pacific Railroad No. 4 "T. D. Judah" was built by Danforth, Cooke & Company and placed into service April 9, 1864. This locomotive may have been sold in 1889 to a company in British Columbia, and scrapped in 1912.
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Wells, Fargo & Company express car was built by American Car and Foundry (Lot 2289).
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Selected schedules from the January 1910 Southern Pacific's Valleys and Coast Line local and suburban timetable isssued December 15, 1909 in a run of 40,000 copies. Also includes a map of the lines in California.
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Southern Pacific locomotive 2067 (outshopped 1882; scrapped 1918)and fire train. To protect the extensive system of wood snowsheds over the Sierra, the SP developed a system for fire protection and control. Special fire trains, assigned to Sierra locations, were equipped with fire pumps to spray water on the conflagration. A lookout on the west slope of the Sierra Nevada, known a Signal Peak or Red Mountain called the fire trains into action. Augmenting this arrangement were a series of...
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Southern Pacific Railroad steam locomotive No. 1 "C.P. Huntington" inside the Machine Shop (later called the Erecting Shop).
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AT&SF ink-on-linen drawing 2 17 C 601, dated November 6, 1908, with modifications to 1916, provides a side elevation, end view and lettering for a Class Rr H refrigerator car. Search for additional AT&SF drawings at the Library's online catalogs, available at www.californiastaterailroadmuseum.org
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Facade of the Huntington, Hopkins & Company hardware store at 54 K Street. In 1855 Collis P. Huntington and Mark Hopkins had joined to form the Huntington & Hopkins Company, importers and dealers in hardware. It was in 1861 when four young ambitious men, later known as the Big Four, gathered on the second floor of this building to conceive a plan for the greatest railroading feat of the 19th century, construction of a link between the East Coast and the West, the Central Pacific...
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Selected pages from the December 1904 issue of The Official Guide of the Railways: a map of the Southern Pacific Railroad and related lines (p. 662) and several SP schedules (p. 664, 666, 667, 668).
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Ink-on-linen drawings of the Southern Pacific Railroad passenger station at Roseville. Views are rear elevation and foundaiton plan (SP drawing MWD 156 / 1 and the end elevations, section and roof plan (SP drawing MWD 156 / 3).
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Note : Some frames missing at 00:01:53, as in original film. Description : Film documents the 9 day, 4000 mile round-trip of the State University of Iowa's student musicians to Pasadena, California and the site of the 70th annual Rose Bowl (January 1, 1959), for which they departed December 27. Transportation was specially provided by AT&SF for the 135 member marching band and the Scottish Highlanders, a 75 member groups of "co-eds" who play bagpipes and dance. Stops were made at...
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A freight train at McConnels, near Elk Grove. The steam locomotive, possibly Central Pacific 135, heads up a mixed train with 4 freight cars and a caboose, used for passengers. The first car behind the locomotive is a box car to which ventilation has been added for the transport of livestock.
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Promotional brochure advertising an all rail route to California from points east along the Union Pacific and Central Pacific Railroads. The brochure includes a map and a schedule.
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Central Pacific No. 48, built at the Sacramento Shops, was placed into service September 23, 1868 as a 4-6-0T locomotive. It was rebuilt as a 4-4-0, nearly a completely new locomotive, and placed into service April 23, 1883 with a tender. The locomotive was renumbered 1366 in 1891. It served as a prototype design for additional 4-4-0 locomotives built at the Sacramento Shops in the 1880s.
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Selected pages (p. 180-181) from the January 1880 issue which show passenger train schedules for the Central Pacific Railroad, Southern Pacific Railroad and subsidiary lines.
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Southern Pacific Railroad recipe booklet "Our Dining Car Recipes."
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CP No. 77 "Confucius" was outshopped April 1868, rebuilt in the late 1880s with an Andrew J. Stevens-designed boiler, renumbered to 1202 in 1891, and scrapped January 13, 1897 in Sacramento. Inscription on back of print reads "Running from Wadsworth to Winnemucca, Truckee Division, 1888."
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This diminutive steam locomotive was built for the Central Pacific Railroad by Danforth, Cooke & Company of Paterson, New Jersey in 1863. Shipped from New York around Cape Horn, it arrived in San Francisco March 19, 1864. The "C.P. Huntington" (No. 3 of the Central Pacific Railroad) was used in the construction of the transcontinental railroad. In 1871 it was transferred to the newly organized Southern Pacific Railroad and renumbered No. 1. From 1894 on the "C. P....
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Selected pages (p. 752, 753, 758, 759, 760) from the May 1910 issue of the Official Guide of the Railways showing Southern Pacific schedules.
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Southern Pacific Railroad steam locomotive No. 2371 was built at the Sacramento Shops (the first 4-6-0 of the new century), outshopped in November of 1917 and placed into service November 24, 1917. This locomotive was scrapped in 1954.
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Central Pacific Railroad steam locomotive No. 1536 was outshopped in April of 1868 by McKay & Aldus as CP No. 68 "Peoquop." It was rebuilt in December of 1891 with a new H. J. Small-designed standard boiler and other improvements. In 1901 it was renumbered 2001. The 4-6-0 locomotive was scrapped September 26, 1933 at the Brooklyn yards. This photograph was taken in Tracy.
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3,000 copies of Southern Pacific poster A 183 were issued September 23, 1930 to advertise connections to the Railway Express Agency services.
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First public timetable of the Western Pacific Railway. Through passenger service between San Francisco and Salt Lake City began August 22, 1910. This timetable includes schedules, a map, travel information, Pullman sleeping car rates, and a list of WP officers and agents.
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Southern Pacific steam locomotive No. 244 (outshopped May 1887) at Bay 18 of the west side of the Machine Shop. The 3-story building housed the railroad's offices. This image dates between 1887 (locomotive construction date) and 1892 when the Office Building was extended.
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Southern Pacific Railroad steam locomotive No. 1, "C. P. Huntington" posed next to a new 4-6-0 steam locomotive. The "C.P. Huntington" is now on display at the California State Railroad Museum.
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Southern Pacific steam locomotive 3017 hauls a freight train.
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Passengers gather on the observation platform of Western Pacific's "Scenic Limited" passenger train, a partnership with the Denver and Rio Grande Western, Missouri Pacific and Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroads to provide service between Chicago or St. Louis to San Francisco.
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Railroad bridge (built 1878) across the Sacramento River. View from the Yolo County side, is looking east, towards west side of the Central Pacific Railroad passenger station (completed 1879). This bridge was replaced in 1895.
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Built by the Danforth Locomotive and Machine Company, this 4-6-0 steam locomotive was outshopped April 1868 and placed into service November 5, 1868. It was renumbered to 1543 in 1891, and scrapped May 1903.
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Central Pacific published the first Official List of Officers, Stations, Agents in 1877. Issue No. 9, effective February 1, 1884, provides lists of stations served along the various lines, as well as information about available services and personnel.
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Poster advertising Southern Pacific Railroad's Netherlands Route. The artist is Randal William Borough. 3000 copies of this poster (SP No. A 58) were issued September 12, 1911.
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West Oakland yard crew with Southern Pacific steam locomotive 307 and freight car lettered "California Fast Freight Line." The Southern Pacific and the Union Pacific joined in 1885 to form the "California Fast Freight Line" to guarantee the swift shipment of fruit across the Overland Route. Ice blocks were placed at each end of the ventilated box cars to cool the car's contents.
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Twelve-page pamphlet outlining rules and regulations for locomotive engineers. This publication was issued by the Andrew Jackson Stevens, General Master Mechanic, in Sacramento, effective March 28, 1874.
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Covers and article ("The Story Back of a Southern Pacific Menu" - p. 3-6, 27) from the March 1922 issue of the Southern Pacific Bulletin reviews the responsibilities of the railroad's Commissary Department. Subjects discussed include dining cars are supplied with fresh food, clean linens and well-trained chefs and stewards. Also included is an advertisement promoting SP's impressive freight service.
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Conductor waves from rear platform of Central Pacific wood caboose No. 93. The back of the print is inscribed "Oneill near Brighton." CP 93 is a 32-foot long, wood, side-door caboose, completed October 30, 1889. This caboose was a standard type along the CP and the SP from the mid-1880s until 1897 when the design was slightly changed and adopted as Class CS 15. The car was relettered Southern Pacific February 19, 1924, in Sacramento. The railroad designated the caboose as "worn...
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Southern Pacific steam locomotives Nos. 1 "C. P. Huntington" and No. 2839 posed in front of the north side of the Office Building. Bay 25, at the southwest corner of the Machine Shops, is to left. The Machine Shop bays were numbered north to south. The "C. P. Huntington" is now on display at the California State Railroad Museum. Class C steam locomotive No. 2839 was built at the Sacramento Shops and placed into service on August 31, 1917. It was scrapped in Sacramento on...
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Central Pacific freight train at McConnells, near Elk Grove
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Cover and three articles ("Pacific Coast's Greatest Freight Traffic Clearing House Located at Roseville" - p. 5-9; "Handle 85-car train of Peaches" - p. 18; "S.P. Hauls First Fruit Special in 1886" - p. 27) from the December 1922 issue of the Southern Pacific Bulletin. This issue of the company's monthly employee magazine featured several articles about SP's freight service with an emphasis on the transport of agricultural products.
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Ink-on-linen drawing of Southern Pacific Sacramento Shops area. 263 buildings are identified in a key which also includes reference to the construction material of the roof, walls and floor. The drawing is dated January 20, 1920. The SP drawing number is Sac P 61 C.
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Central Pacific Railroad local passenger train (with baggage/express car 4) and a flat car on siding, at the Stockton station. Stamp on verso reads "From J. P. Spooner's Photograph Parlors, N.E. cor. Main and Centre Streets, Edd's Block, Stockton, Cal." Photographer is John Pitcher Spooner (1845-1917), active in Stockton from 1867, 1870-ca. 1900.
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Payroll No. 102 dated March 1865 for Chinese workers employed during the construction of the transcontinental railroad.
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Interior view of Machine Shop looking north. Boiler and truss work are on a dirt floor. In the Machine Shop metal objects were cut down to finished dimensions. The Shop contained many tools, including lathes, planers, mills, shapers, slotters, drill presses and grinders of various sizes and configurations. Some of the machine tools were immense because of the need to work on giant-sized components. Larger machines were powered through a line shaft system. A bank of six boilers and a Corliss...
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Exterior view of Western Refrigerator Line refrigerator car 7001. This print is most likely a builder's photograph of car as it came out of the shops in January of 1923. The Western Pacific Railroad set up the Western Refrigerator Line effective January 1, 1923 to operate a new fleet of refrigerator cars; however, the WP reached an agreement with the Pacific Fruit Express, and the cars never operated in revenue service under the WRL name. The cars were changed to PFE lettering upon arrival in...
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Western Pacific dining car menu dated January 1915. Marion Delappe designed the cover art.
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